Oct 18, 2011

I promised you a post about nano...

And...here it is!

I am crazy ambivalent about nano this year. A large part of my hesitation is due to my crash and burn last year, which lead to a two month blogging hiatus. Also, I am wondering how the hell I am going to write when I don't even have time to write right now. Let's call those the cons.

The pros? Well, I am writing my nano project with Kelly (you may call this cheating, but we don't give a fandango). Kelly is a ball of energy, and even when we have no idea what we are doing, we are productive and prolific.

Another pro is that I will finally be challenging myself. It took me a year to take on a challenge...a real challenge. Part of being a writer is to push yourself, right? Well, I have been living a safe distance from the edge. In the words of Celine Dion Lea Michele, "But what do you say to taking chances, what do you say to jumping off the edge?" 

I say, let's go! (Picture me and Nano holding hands and jumping off the edge as Lea Michele sings in the background.)

So you've seen the pros and the cons, what about the project? Kelly and I have been working on pecking at resuscitating our collaboration project for eight months. As the summer came to a close, we realized it was now or never. And with the wave of energy Nano creates, we decided why not tap into that grid.

And so, here we are: outlining, skyping, typing, and riding the waves, in prep for Nanowrimo 2011!


  1. Good luck, Jon! But don't let the stress get to you when things get crazy. :-)

  2. Well done both of you, with that attitude you'll succeed!

  3. I am going to be all over you and Kelly, making sure you step away from the cookies and write (unless you can write and eat cookies). Also, since I still can't dance (got my leg pumped with some foam junk again last week), I am challenging you guys to beat me at Nano. I hope to finish a rough draft of my YA during Nano. You all better finish your story! You hear?!

  4. Sounds like you have plan to make it work for you. Tap into the NaNo energy and enjoy!

  5. There's lot of NaNo energy to go around. I love it. I've done it every year since 2003. It's a great rush! I'm Kalligenia on the site if you want to add me as a buddy. :)

  6. Yay! I think you guys are brilliant and I cannot wait to experience NaNo with you!

  7. I'm excited and scared about Nano. I really, really think we are going to finish SE. And I think I feel better about doing Nano is because it's a collaborative effort.
    And I think I can eat cookies and write at the same time, too!
    Email me your schedule for the next few days so we can touch base. I'll be working on the outline tonight or tomorrow afternoon.

  8. Hooray! May the NaNo energy carry you through the project! :)

  9. Anita--I am sure that Jon can write and eat cookies. He's talented like that. And I bet Kelly can eat cookies, write, AND bust a move. I'm just sayin'.

    I hope too, to take advantage of the burst of energy NaNo brings. My life is crazier than fiction right now, but I'm hoping to see a lull in all the action so I can get back down to business. :)

  10. Hmm, a duet-style-Nano sounds very exciting. Good luck to both of you!

  11. Woo! Good luck! I say the best part of Nano is breaking the rules anyway ;)